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Ondina Everywhere

What’s OndinaEverywhere all about?

Well, how do I best describe this in a way that is easily relate-able to most people?


Have you ever been under a lot of stress when suddenly a feeling of unease comes over you?  Not just slight discomfort but rather a terrifying feeling of dizziness and the inability to breath?  It feels like a weight is on your chest making breathing difficult.  It’s a feeling that incites more panic with each passing second.  What is it?  My friend, it is none other than Anxiety, currently the most common mental illness in the United States.  The best way I know to describe it is simply

        “a feeling as though I’ve walked too far into the ocean during a storm, like I’m being constantly swallowed by each wave as I try to reach the surface for air.  During panic situations, I feel as though I’m fighting for every single breath I take.”

It is a devilish state of mind that can ruin even the best moments.  With anxiety fun things, like that summer vacation, can become a stressful task that you would rather cancel than attend!  Does this sound familiar to you?  If so don’t worry you aren’t alone.  If you know of no one else, please know Ondina’s got your back. That’s the main reason OndinaEverywhere was created! I don’t want the important, fun events in anyone’s life to be spoiled by anxiety! That is why MY MAIN GOAL IS TO HELP YOU feel prepared and excited for all of your adventures and important events! Now that you know you aren’t alone do you feel that wave of tranquility landing beside you?

The Little Wave That Started It All

 That would be me and they call me Ondina.  I’m 27 years old and I’m from a rather small town in the United States.  Being from a small town has its advantages and its disadvantages too.  Around here everyone knows your name and you rarely meet a person who isn’t willing to help you.  The only problem is you’re often expected to do what society thinks is right, rather than what you know to be right for yourself.  I’ve always had a real problem with that last bit.

 Someone else deciding that my destiny is to have two kids and be a doting wife to a hard working husband by age 30 never really sat well with me.  Now that is not to say that it doesn’t sound like a beautiful life, because it does sound very beautiful… It’s just not the kind of beautiful I envision for myself.  Maybe that’s why it never felt like home.  In fact, for as long as I can remember I have had a desire to meet people that are remarkably different from myself and to explore places all over the world.

A Catch or Two…

   Yes, the life I want is a much different kind of beautiful and it is one I plan to make a beeline for as soon as I get better if not before.

        What’s that?  Oh, did I forget to mention I’m sick? I do that from time to time.  I try not to focus on it all that much but I feel like we are friends now and friends deserve to know the truth. so here it goes…

Problem #1: The Sick Kid

When I was 12 years old I was diagnosed with IGA Nephropathy.  Also known as Bergers Disease, its a kidney disease that occurs when IGA lodges in your kidneys and over time can decrease your kidney’s ability to function.  I am currently on the transplant list at Barnes Jewish Hospital in St. Louis and I need a new kidney to get off of dialysis and on the road to all those amazing and foreign places that I dream about!

Problem #2: That Uneasy Feeling

Aside from that there is one more bump in the road that I continually have to overcome and that is, you guessed it, my anxiety.  The more you get to know me the more you’ll understand where my anxiety comes from.  Basically though it comes from my own insecurity about my ability to be good enough or prepared enough for situations in my life.  In the past I have reacted to my anxiety in a different ways.  I have gotten angry, shut down, and I am just now starting getting better at making a plan of action and tackling my anxiety before it has a chance to fully manifest.  I still slip up, in truth everyone does. The trick is remembering that no one expects you to be perfect in every moment of every day, so it’s okay to give yourself a break once in awhile!

It’s no secret that travel helps the soul grow, it teaches us things about ourselves we would have never known had we not ventured out into the world.  I still remember my first experience with travel.  I was 24 and seeing the ocean for the first time.  A feeling of peaceful clarity passed over me.  It was like every bit of anxiety I had fell off my shoulders and into the tides as they washed over my feet.  Those very same tides carried all my worries back out to sea with them as they rolled away.  It was in that moment that I knew the important impact travel has on a persons mental health.  That day I vowed to myself to travel as often as possible, to as many places as possible.  In a way you could say my very health depends on it.

The Goals Of Ondina Everywhere

1.) To grow, in every aspect of my life, so that I can be a well rounded, well balanced, and happy individual.              2.)  To encourage others to travel and let the freedom of new adventures carry their worries far away from them.    3.)  Last but definitely NOT least, to help YOU feel more prepared for big events and exciting adventures in your life by telling you the stories of my adventures, my fails and success, and by developing numerous amounts of check lists and helpful tips and tricks.  In doing these things I hope to insure your confidence in your own ability to succeed in future adventures!


“Remember, failing does not always equal a bad experience, it just gives you extra stories to tell your loved ones when you get back home.”